East York high school hooks up with state-of-the-art Internet

Rogers initiative also includes 19 other TDSB schools

Imagine downloading a two-gigabyte movie in two seconds. No, this isn’t a preview of the next Matrix movie. It’s becoming a reality for East York Alternative Secondary School (EYASS). Telecommunications giant Rogers has teamed up with EYASS to install gigabit Internet at the school on Cosburn Avenue, with one-gigabyte downloading and 150-megabyte upload speed.

The upgrade is also being installed at 19 other schools across the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). But this spring, the first school to receive gigabit was EYASS. Previously, the school was using an adsl connection. Gigabit is approximately 55 times faster.

Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s education minister, was at the East York unveiling.

“We are committed to investments in technology and increasing internet access across our schools in Ontario,” Hunter said.

The project will cost $150,000 over three years — and will be funded completely by Rogers. The remaining 19 schools include alternative schools and ESL program schools as well as other TDSB schools.

Students were present during the unveiling at EYASS. They spoke about how they would use the new Internet. Students mentioned faster streaming of videos, specifically Ted Talks. They also mentioned they hoped this new Internet access would fix annoying issues that students have had to deal with using ADSL.

“For starters, everyone can now log in at once,” said Renis Sveikovskis, a student at EYASS.